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any money is transmitted , cause a considerable part of it to be laid out at the Cape or at Rio Janeiro in rum , tobacco , sugar , &c . &c . which are invaluable , and the only medium of exchange . We bought some rum at Rio for I 8 d * the gallon , and can sell it for 80 s . Our friends can easil y find
some person at the Cape , at Batavia , to take the charge of this , with every ship for the port , and will write to R : Binnafort , at Rio Janeiro . Be extremely attentive to this circumstance , as it is of the highest moment . Our mercantile friends can easily settle
this . Let them likewise , upon consideration , settle it at Rio , as our friend tfae Abbot may be recalled to Portugal , of which he had some idea . In a country like this , where money is really of no value , and rum every thing , you must perceive the necessity
Of my having a constant supply by © very vessel . For a goat I would pay , in money , ^ 10 sterling : now , for less than eight gallons of spirits , at IBd . the gallon , 1 can make the same purchase . If it is possible , when you
settle your correspondence , cause £ 50 or £ 60 sterling worth of rum to be purchased at Rio Janeiro , or at the Cape . Tobacco at Rio sells for 3 d . per lb . here at 3 s . 6 d . That , too , is an article to be considered . Now , my dearest friend , I must conclude , but even in
closing a letter to you , it is like taking farewell for ever . I pray for every blessing of heaven upon you and your family . No day passes without you living in my thoughts . I open to you my whole soul . Others might smile , but I close this letter in tears . Yours sincerely and unalterably , T . MUIR . Mr . Moffatt .
Letter V . Sydney , Dec . 18 , 1795 . Messrs . and .
My Dear Friends , Prevented by many reasons from writing to particular persons , whose idea must be familiar to your minds , I beg leave , through your medium ,
to transmit to them my recollections . They live , they will for ever live in my memory . Their existence is entrusted with every thought , and space and distance render the knot more indissoluble . But why should 1 con-
sume time , ia expressing sentiments df which , if ever I had been devoid , I never would have had any pretensions to their notice . Their reflexions may , perhaps , turn upon ine . Tell them I live , live faithful to the cause of freedom , and live in a manner not
unworthy of its adherents . Surrounded by successive scenes of manifold affliction , the prospect of life , as it lengthens , darkening , 1 say , and say in the sincerity of my soul , that the sufferings of individual man ought never to be reckoned in account , if conducive to
the sum of general happiness . Let then this end require greater sacrifices , life or years of exile , protracted unto the term of life , these sacrifices 1 am prepared to offer . Nor is this the effect of enthusiasm . Enthusiasm may dazzle its victim and his spectators in
the glare of public exhibition , but in dungeons , in the long years of obscure exile , surrounded by beings who degrade the name of man , it must subside , it must dissipate and leave to the mind a solitary and a fearful void .
Let me then repeat , without ostentation , what , upon entering the career of life , I have proclaimed . 1 have been , I am , and until 1 sink into the grave , I shall continue to be , the advocate of the oppressed .
Every letter X write , my friends , I consider as a renewal of my oath to the cause of man , and , I hope I do it with a correspondent solemnity . I wish my letters to roach you , I wish them to afford no handles of
persecution or misconstruction against you , and I purposely avoid all political reflexions and all political conjectures . I pray Almighty God , my good friends , that you enjoy in your persons , your circumstances and your families , his choicest blessings . I again congratulate Mr . and Mrs . , and let
them believe my heart is sincerely attached to them . It is painful for me to begin a letter . It is more painful to conclude . But in these days ,- My dear friends , I am ev « r yours , THOMAS MUIR . Mr . .
P . S . I cannot help making one observation—you will smite as I do—/ have seen m y death anneuneed . [ Received Mar . 14 , 17970
578 < Letters from Messrs . Palmer and Muir .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Oct. 2, 1817, page 578, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2469/page/6/